“This is a big win. President Obama’s decision to reject Keystone XL because of its impact on the climate is nothing short of historic — and sets an important precedent that should send shockwaves through the fossil fuel industry.
Just a few years ago, insiders and experts wrote us off and assured the world Keystone XL would be built by the end of 2011. Together, ranchers, tribal nations and everyday people beat this project back, reminding the world that Big Oil isn’t invincible — and that hope is a renewable resource. But the win against Keystone XL is just the beginning, because this fight has helped inspire resistance to a thousand other projects. Everywhere you look, people are shutting down fracking wells, stopping coal export facilities, and challenging new pipelines. If Big Oil thinks that after Keystone XL the protesters are going home, they’re going to be sorely surprised.
More than anything, though, today’s decision affirms the power of social movements to enact political change, and a clear sign that our movement is stronger than ever. We’re looking to build on this victory, and show that if it’s wrong to build Keystone XL because of its impact on our climate, it’s wrong to build any new fossil fuel infrastructure, period. With the same broad coalition that stood up against this pipeline and took to the streets during the People’s Climate March, we’re better positioned than ever before to make real climate policy a top priority for the U.S. government and achieve meaningful progress in this year’s climate talks. Our movement simply will not rest until our economy shifts away from the dirty fossil fuels of yesterday to the clean renewables of tomorrow.”
– May Boeve, 350.org Executive Director
How the climate movement beat Big Oil
The fight against Keystone XL was been powered by an unprecedented wave of grassroots actions, led by people from all walks of life, in every state in the United States — and beyond.
This map shows over 750 #noKXL actions, big and small, that have taken place to stop the pipeline since 2011.
From historic sit-ins at the White House in 2011, to impromptu events when President Obama is in town, to days of action with hundreds of participants, to tens of thousands of people gathering on the National Mall — this is a victory fought and won in the streets.
Mass action | Rally at Presidential event | Grassroots action
Here’s What’s Next:
The biggest international climate summit of the decade is happening in Paris in December. Along with a broad coalition of partners, we’re mobilizing to take advantage of this important opportunity — to make sure the Paris Climate Summit sends a clear signal that the world is moving away from fossil fuels.
On November 28-29 — the weekend before the big summit gets underway — a massive global weekend of action is coming together. Our message: Turn off the dirty, dangerous fossil fuel economy, and turn on a just transition to 100% renewable energy. The people demand nothing less. Be part of it: